Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile.
The Amazing Story of the Boldest Adventure Dared by Man!
Did You Know?
Although shot in academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical--or intended (by the studio, producer, director and/or cinematographer)--aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see the film as the director and cinematographer originally planned. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame vertically), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes"--like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame--would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more
When Virginia comes up to fetch Ben and Barbicane for dinner, Barbicane moves off to the side as Virginia walks down the stairs, followed by Ben. But in the next shot showing the bottom of the stairs, Barbicane is seen walking immediately behind Virginia and ahead of Ben. See more
You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
Opening credits are on the pages of a book, with the leads' photos included above the name. See more
Referenced in Back to the Future Part III
from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more